Three Owls players past and present have predicted a big future for newly-capped Portugal international Lucas Joao.
The 22-year-old striker, recruited from Nacional last summer, made his first international start in their 2-0 friendly victory away to Luxembourg in midweek. It was Joao’s second cap in four days for Portugal, capping off a fine start to the season.
Wednesday right-back Jack Hunt told The Star: “It’s still very early days and Lucas has got a lot to learn but his potential is massive and I’m happy he has been capped by his country as that is an amazing achievement.
“He potentially can go all the way. He has got absolutely everything.
“Lucas is a big, physical striker and has great feet for a such big lad. He is athletic, strong and quick. His game has suited English football down to the ground and I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw him playing at the top for a very long time.”
Midfielder Jose Semedo has also praised Joao, who has netted four times in 18 Wednesday appearances, but fears the club will struggle to hang on to his fellow countryman.
Joao’s meteoric rise to prominence culminated in one national media outlet recently linking him with a January move to Everton.
Semedo said: “Lucas is remarkable. I don’t remember any other player playing second division and getting picked by Portugal. I want the best for my club and I hope he can take us to the big stage. I would love him to be with us but I don’t think he will be for long.”
Well-respected Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchliffe named Joao in his top 10 Championship players so far this term yesterday.
“Sheffield Wednesday have been a real success story so far this season - and Lucas Joao has been a big part of it,” said the former Owls left-back. “I’ll admit: I saw the name, I didn’t know much about him and I was wondering what type of player we were going to get.
“I’ve seen him on four or five occasions this season; he was fantastic against Arsenal in the League Cup as well. He’s got everything you need to be successful, not just in the Championship but as a striker in the modern game. He’s got pace, he’s got strength, he can hold the ball up, he can score goals, he’s good in the air and on the floor.
“I’ve been really impressed and the team plays to his strengths by getting plenty of crosses in.”